Growing Your Gym’s Community Outside of Class

Growing Your Gym’s Community Outside of Class

The sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu is one that has a pretty high barrier of entry. Walking through the door was one of the most stressful things I can remember. There’s so much that is scary, unknown, and challenging to beginners that, once we are deep in the community, we forget what that was like. However, once you are deep in the community, it is such a welcoming and friendly place. It is prec...
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Inverting Gear: How our Backpacks are Designed

It came time to design some backpacks for Inverted Gear, it took a long time to get my ideas together, and to narrow it down to 3 designs. Our rolltop bag is the first of these designs.
Nelson Puentes
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How The Pandemic Can Improve Your BJJ

COVID-19 forced many of us to own our BJJ education. With guided instruction limited by a virus that thrives off of proximity, improving our skills became not just something we outsource, but something we must instiga...
Joseph Hannan
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Inverting Gear: How our Rashguards are Designed

Inverting Gear: How our Rashguards are Designed
Nelson goes back and shares the history and thought process behind each Inverted Gear rashguard design.
Nelson Puentes
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Inverting Gear: How Our Gis are Designed

when the Affliction/Tapout era was at its peak, we went the opposite direction and made the original panda gi. While we were at it, we tried to solve some problems that had bothered me for years.
Nelson Puentes
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What It's Been Like Running a Jiu-Jitsu Business Right Now

2020 has been quite the year for all businesses. Our industry in specific was hit quite hard. 
Nelson Puentes
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Why You Need to Edit Your Jiu-Jitsu, And How to Do It

In writing, like in jiu-jitsu, editing is where half of the learning takes place.
Joseph Hannan
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Tripped Up By Training Takedowns

As I progress through my jiu-jitsu journey, the only thing I learn is how little I know. This is a sentiment I’ve noticed nearly everyone grows to adopt. Jiu-jitsu is one of the world’s great, humbling endeavors.
Nick C
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Reasons to be Your Teammates’ Biggest Fan

Jiu-jitsu is a competitive sport. The essence of every roll is to tap or positionally dominate your opponent. Inevitably that breeds a sense of rivalry with your teammates, but it doesn't have to be that way!
Tom Wortman
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Some Differences Between Training at a Big Name Academy vs.a Local Academy

Picking a jiu-jitsu academy is difficult. Almost every city offers a whole range of schools. Do you want to train under a legend and roll with a fleet of world champions? Or do you prefer a more intimate school where ...
Tom Wortman
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How to Boost Your BJJ Learning Ability

Jiu-Jitsu is the ideal martial art for learning addicts. It’s a game that alluringly combines skill and luck. I’ve heard many compare it to chess. But to borrow an idea from Annie Duke’s book, Thinking in Bets, jiu-ji...
Joseph Hannan
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Coming to Terms with Being a BJJ Nomad

In nearly a decade of practicing jiu-jitsu, I have been a member of at least seven different academies. I have never received more than one promotion from the same instructor. 
Corey Stockton
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